Oct 30, 2020  
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Mathematics and Special Education Certification, B.S.


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Students completing this dual certification program are eligible to teach in both a mathematics classroom and a special education classroom thereby broadening their job prospects and distinguishing them from the general student population. In addition, as a traditional classroom math teacher, graduates would have the training necessary for effectively dealing with classes in which high numbers of students have Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

A serious national shortage of mathematics (grades 7-12) and special education (Pre-K-12) teachers exists; by 2020 this shortage is expected to reach a critical level, especially in mathematics and science. (U.S. Department of Education, March 2015, Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing).  Dual certification will cultivate a new creative student audience filling the state-wide deficit of students situated to excel in special education mathematics classrooms further fulfilling the growing workforce needs.

Note:


Students seeking certification in secondary education must also complete 1 writing course (ENG 114  or ENG 115  ) and 1 literature course (ENG 190  , ENG 243  , ENG 248  , or ENG 250  ).

General Education Requirements


Foundations (15-16 crs.)


Foundational courses coupled with other experiences provide students with their core First Year Experience, providing opportunities to develop the requisite quantitative, analytical, written communication, and oral communication skills needed to succeed while in college and throughout life after college. Five program goals express the purpose of these foundational courses and how they support student success.

Interconnections (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore human behavior, social interactions, and global communities through humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Open discourse about the causes and consequences of human behavior and thought, and the interconnectedness of societies revealed by examining traditions and structures, provides a pathway to mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse world.

Three program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish. Students must complete three (3) courses in this curriculum, with at least one (1) course being a diversity course ('D' rubric) and at least one (1) course being a global perspectives course ('G' rubric).

Citizenship & Responsibility (6 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to consider the function and development of institutions, as well as their own responsibilities in society. Tools for development of students as informed and responsible citizens can include study of principles and research in social science, analysis of the development of social and political systems and practices, application of critical analysis and reasoning, and contemplation of ethics and values. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students are required to complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with no more than one (1) course being attributed with the same program goal.

Citizenship


Guide and prompt students to understand responsible citizenship through the development of ideas of citizenship and rights, how society protect or fails to protect basic rights, and avenues for individual or collective action.

Ethical Reasoning


Guide and prompt students to identify ethical theories or guidelines and apply appropriate ethical reasoning to reach conclusions and support moral judgments.

Natural World & Technology (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to learn how new knowledge is created by applying scientific principles and technology to address historical and contemporary questions. Two program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete 3 courses in this curriculum, with at least two (2) courses (or their equivalents) involving the natural world ('N' rubric).

Creativity & Expression (6 crs.)


This part of the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore artistic and literary disciplines and their modes of expression, considering the processes by which artistic works are imagined and created as well as the analytical tools for describing and appraising works of art and literature. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with one (1) course being a literature course ('L' rubric)and one course in either the arts or creativity ('A' or 'C' rubrics).

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